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Xavi speaks out for the first time after Barcelona sack him just a month after he reversed decision to quit

Xavi speaks out for the first time after Barcelona sack him just a month after he reversed decision to quit

Xavi has been praised for his reaction to the sacking.

For the first time since his sacking, Xavi has spoken about the controversial situation after it was confirmed that Hansi Flick would replace him as Barcelona manager.

The 44-year-old, who took over as Barca boss in 2021, was relieved of his duties on Friday during a meeting with club president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco.

It came just a month after it was announced that he would remain at the club.

Back in January, Xavi announced that he would be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2023/24 campaign, with reports suggesting he was physically and mentally exhausted.

However, three months later and the former Spain midfielder was persuaded to stay until the end of his contract in 2025 by president Joan Laporta, although the latter was said to be angered by Xavi's decision to speak about the club's financial struggles.

On Friday afternoon, it was officially confirmed that Xavi would not be continuing as the manager of Barcelona.

And now, the Spaniard has opened up on the decision in a press conference ahead of his final game in charge against Sevilla.

“Thank you, I'm fine," he said in the build-up to Sunday's game.

"Of course they were difficult days, not easy days. But well, I’m here with a clear mind and I would like to say that I am proud of the two and a half years as coach. It was not easy."

Xavi added: “I’m grateful to the president and I haven’t had any problems with the leaders. I’m a club man and I’ve adapted to the circumstances. The president gave me his reasons and I have no choice but to accept his decision.”

The 44-year-old even expressed his desire to one day return to the Camp Nou.

“I’d love to return to Barca one day," he added. "Barcelona is the club of my life, I always said that. I’m not closing doors to Barca and to the possibility to return at the club one day."

After revealing he would take a break from management, Xavi also confirmed he will forego the salary owed to him by Barcelona. “There won’t be a problem on this," he added. "I said it before. I will keep my word.”

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Topics: Xavi, Barcelona, La Liga